Open Environment App To Be Created

Symbian is working with web and mobile app specialist Nitobi to create an open environment for mobile application development.

Nitobi, which created the PhoneGap mobile app development framework, will see its framework integrated with Symbian's web application creation tools.

Symbian said that the PhoneGap "write once, run anywhere" platform will make it easier for developers to create apps using Symbian tools for a much wider range of devices and platforms.

As part of the deal, Nitobi has donated PhoneGap to Symbian, and the software has been added to the Symbian^3 platform web extensions package. Symbian said that any developer with a grounding in HTML, CSS and JavaScript could benefit right away.

"PhoneGap is committed to giving mobile web developers the ability to design fun, engaging and useful device-independent applications by using open standards," said Andre Charland, chief executive at Nitobi.

"We have had a long-standing relationship with members of the Symbian community and are thrilled to be working directly with this like-minded organisation to provide developers worldwide with an easier way to tap in to the power of Symbian."

The companies will show off the fruits of their relationship at the OSCON open source show this week. In the meantime, Lee Williams, executive director at Symbian said: "This is a great partnership that will benefit app developers across the globe."

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